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Warfare Evolved: Quantum Encryption

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Advances in quantum encryption could change the way that modern states conduct their intelligence-gathering.

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The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

US Inflation Hits 40-Year High

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The result heaps further pressure on the Fed to move up the schedule of its rate normalization.

Israeli Firms and UAE Courts: Is Caution Warranted?

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A recent high-profile ruling against ‘jurisdiction shopping’ would seem to suggest that the UAE system is moving in the right direction.

Outlook 2022: Oil Markets

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News of oil’s death may well be premature.

The Role of Armenia in French Elections

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Examining Armenia’s outsize impact on French presidential politics.

Global Forecast (1-10-2022)

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No ‘second-class’ members in NATO, CSTO troops sent to Kazakhstan, and inflation shows no signs of fading in the euro zone.

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

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Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Assessing a Possible Moldova-Romania Unification

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Historical factors may point to a union, but any path is fraught with geopolitical and demographic hurdles.

AUKUS and France as an Indo-Pacific Power

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The AUKUS alliance has chipped away at the pillars holding up French power projection in the Indo-Pacific.

Backgrounder: China’s Military Modernization Comes of Age

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The latest defense department report on China’s military modernization suggests that Beijing is rapidly closing the capability gap with Western peers, particularly with regard to air, sea, and missile forces.

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